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Burak Besiktepe

Daily Driver S15

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Hi all,

Thought I'd start a build thread on my S15 to liven up the forum!

I bought the car approximately July 2016; it's been a bitter sweet experience thus far. The car has given me such joy with the nimble chassis and rear wheel drive shenanigans (read rotating the rear at every roundabout :p)


The story behind acquiring the S15 was one of desire of fun as I'd been burnt-out on my E30 restoration. I'd spend the previous 2 years buying tools and building jigs and tearing down an old BMW E30 to find it was beyond saving and I was beyond caring!

The S15 I own is a 99 JDM Spec R. It had the following mods:

- Apex-i Power FC

- HKS upgraded turbo actuator

- Upgraded dump pipe

- Pace maker down pipe

- 3.5" exhaust to muffler (Exhaust is droney as FCK)

- 350Z 17" wheels

After buying the car of a brothers friend for a good deal, I soon found the old girl needed a lot of love. First order of business was getting new tires, the current tires were bald - fitted a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 3 (235/45/17). I rate these tires really well and have lasted well for 2 years; the rear set are due for change but that's due to my driving......

2 months in owning the car, the engine wasn't very responsive to throttle - Took the car to E-Tuner in Campbellfield VIC to be tuned. Spent 3 hours on the rollers to have the drivability issues fixed. The car had a boost leak fixed and the Power FC tuned properly. Car made 188rwkw and 178rwkw on safer boost setting.


Soon after having the car tuned I had to change the engine mounts as the gear shifter flopped around - I chose to use Nismo engine and transmission mounts; those two items transformed the shifting feel!

Thus far the mod list on the car:

- Apex-i PFC

- X-Force twin tip muffler

- Splitfire Coilpacks

- Midnight mods turbo lines

- HKS turbo actuator


- ARC intake

- Walbro GS342 fuelpump


I'll be adding more in the coming days in other mods done to the car such as my own gear shift boot (made for less than $5).

The plan for the car is to get it cleaned up more and add parts that compliment the spirit of the car; my ideal direction is to make it in the spirit of a 911 GT3 or Shelby GT350R - I plan on making my own rear set delete with carpeting to smarten up the rear section.

Next mods on my list are:

- Whiteline sway bars front & rear along with major suspension bushes

- MCA coilover suspension (might go for the purple series)

- R32 GTR wheels - wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires

- Battery relocation to boot

If anyone has any questions about the car any of the mods let me know.


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Seems like you know what you're doing. Good luck adding onto this beauty

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11 hours ago, gilleuge said:

Seems like you know what you're doing. Good luck adding onto this beauty

Thanks mate! I wouldn't say I know what I'm do per say; just having a go at making the car suit my vision of the ideal S15.

Even though there is a large aftermarket scene for this car I feel the focus on it is very narrow with a main focus on it being performance; Looking for alternatives regarding interior parts and different solutions has left me thinking I need to make my own parts.

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